Chicago Cubs by George Castle

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500 since the young Arizona Diamondbacks 1945 pennant-winning team. in the NLDS. But they lost in a three-game sweep. The Cubs finished 2008 with 97 wins—the most since Still, Piniella’s first sea- 1945—and faced the Los Ange- son was encouraging. The Cubs les Dodgers in the NLDS. But were favored to win the division the Cubs lost two games at again in 2008. They benefited Wrigley Field. The Dodgers early on from patience at the completed the sweep at home plate and great defense in right in Game 3.

Org This hall of fame and museum highlights the greatest players and moments in the history of baseball. Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg, and Hack Wilson are among the former Cubs enshrined there. Wrigley Field 1060 W. Addison St. jsp This has been the Cubs’ home field since 1916. The team plays 81 regularseason games here each year. Tours are available. 47 INDEX Alou, Moises, 7–8 Anson, Adrian “Cap” (player and manager), 14, 20 Baker, Dusty (manager), 5, 39 Baker, Gene, 28 Banks, Ernie, 28, 40 Barney, Darwin, 41 Borowy, Hank, 23 Brock, Lou, 27 Broglio, Ernie, 27–28 Brown, Mordecai, 12, 14 Bush, Guy, 18 Cavarretta, Phil, 20 Chance, Frank, 13 Chicago White Stockings, 11–12 Curse of the Billy Goat, 6, 9 Dawson, Andre, 34 Dernier, Bob, 33, 34 Dunston, Shawon, 34 Durocher, Leo (manager), 30 Eckersley, Dennis, 34 Fukudome, Kosuke, 40 Girardi, Joe, 34 Gonzalez, Alex, 8 Grace, Mark, 34 Grimm, Charlie (player and manager), 18, 20 Hartnett, Gabby (player and manager), 17, 22 Hornsby, Rogers (player and manager), 18, 20 Hulbert, William A.

He played four seasons with the Cubs' Triple-A team from 1950 to 1953. Many believed he was good enough to play in the majors during that time, but the Cubs controversially never brought him up. Finally, in 1953, the Cubs signed Banks and brought up Baker. Baker switched to second base upon on Banks' arrival. more home runs in five different seasons. He was named the NL’s In the early 1960s, third Most Valuable Player (MVP) in baseman Ron Santo and out- 1958 and 1959, even though the fielder Billy Williams joined Cubs finished fifth during each Banks and the Cubs.

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